“The automotive recycling industry is a vital, market-driven industry with more than $32 billion in sales and plays a crucial role in the efficient, environmentally responsible recycling of end-of-life vehicles. It employes over 140,000 people in more that 9000 location in the US.” (Automotive Recycling Industry Alliance Report, 2011).
The Automotive Recyclers Association (ARA) estimates that each year the industry collects and reuses or recycles:
- 100.8 million gallons of gasoline and diesel fuel,
- 24 million gallons of motor oil,
- 8 million gallons of engine coolant,
- 4.5 million gallons of windshield washer fluid and
- 96% of all lead aid batteries.
In 2010 over 95% of vehicles retired from use were recycled. Every year, end-of-life vehicles produce over 14 million tons of steel to be used and recycled. 4,009,621 mercury switches have been removed from cars.
Green recycled auto parts are kind to the Earth and to your bottom line. When a vehicle has become inoperable, auto recyclers dismantle the vehicle and remove parts that are still good and usable. These recycled auto parts can be 30%-70% less costly than new parts, and decrease the demands placed on the planet. Recycling just one ton of steel conserves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone.
When you opt to buy GREEN, you also save our environment from the harmful side effects of mining, such as energy consumption, water pollution, and the release of methane gas. (This article written by Ginny Whelan in the Auto Recycler’s Tool Box)